Disqualification ng Comelec sa 8 Party-List Groups, Pinigil ng Korte Suprema

admin   •   November 14, 2012   •   2580

FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court Logo (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Pansamantalang pinigil ng Korte Suprema ang Commission on Elections sa pagpapatupad ng mga resolusyon na nagdidiskwalipika sa walong partylist group sa darating na 2013 midterm elections.

Ito ay sa pamamagitan ng status quo ante order na inilabas ng Supreme Court kung saan nakasaad na inaatasan nito ang Comelec na panatilihing kwalipikado ang mga partylist na Ako Bicol, APEC (Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives), 1-CARE (1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy Inc.), and ARC (Alliance on Rural Concerns).

AKMA-PTM (Aksyon Magsasaka-Partido Tinig ng Masa), KAKUSA (Kapatiran ng mga Nakulong na Walang Sala), ARARO (Alliance for Rural and Agrarian Reconstruction Inc.), and ARAL (Association for Righteousness Advocacy on Leadership).

Inatasan din ng korte ang Comelec na magkomento sa pinagsama-samang petisyon ng walong partylists sa loob ng sampung araw.

Magugunitang naghain ng petisyon sa Korte Suprema ang walong nabanggit na mga partylist dahil sa umano’y hindi tamang proseso ng pagkaka-disqualify sa kanila ng Comelec.

Samantala, ipinahayag naman ni Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. na  wala pang epekto sa kanila ang ipinalabas na status quo ante order ng Supreme Court kaugnay ng hindi pag-apruba ng Comelec sa apat na partylist na makasali sa 2013 elections.

Ayon kay Brillantes, hindi pa nila ie-enforce ang desisyon ng korte dahil wala pa sila sa period of ballot configuration.

“Walang epekto yung SQA kasi hindi pa naman namin ini-enforce ang desisyon namin. Our decision will be enforceable only come January, when we start the configuration. So it has no effect whatsoever.”

Hiling naman ng Comelec na agahan ng Supreme Court ang pagpapalabas ng pinal nitong desisyon.

Ayon kay Brillantes, kapag hindi nakapagdesisyon ang korte o kung hindi nito babawiin ang status quo ante order bago mag-Enero, ilalagay nila ang pangalan ng apat na grupo sa official ballot configuration at tuloy-tuloy na ito sa pagiimprenta ng mga balota.

“Pag hindi nila ni-lift yung SQA before we start the configuration, then we have to add them there, kasi ibig sabihin tuloy pa rin yung SQA. nirerequest lang namin na they resolve it before they go on recess in December para hindi naman mabitin.” (Bernard Dadis & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Teachers group calls on Comelec to provide proper compensation during elections

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Partylist is asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for compensation raise and safety and welfare measures for the service of teachers during the 2022 national elections.

In a statement, the teachers’ group said they wrote a letter addressed to Comelec to request for an “online dialogue to discuss its proposals for ensuring ‘just compensation, safety, and the overall well-being’ of poll workers in the precinct level, majority of whom being public school teachers.”

The group proposed an honorarium of P10,000 for the chairperson, P9,000 for members, P8,000 for Department of Education Supervisor Officials (DESO), and P7,000 for the staff.

ACT also pressed for a P2,500 food allowance and a P3,000 transportation allowance for those assigned within the city proper and P5,000 for those in remote areas.

ACT Secretary-General Raymond Basilio said public school teachers have complained over unjust compensation and inhumane treatment of poll workers. Several of them rendered over 24 hours of service during the previous election.

Basilio also noted that with the effects of the pandemic, Comelec should also ensure the health and safety of the poll workers.

“They are the backbone and front liners of every election, and the government must exhaust measures to guarantee they are being subjected to a fair labor environment and granted proper compensation,” he said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Comelec resumes issuance of voter’s certification on May 10

Marje Pelayo   •   May 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec)  will resume the issuance of voter’s certification on Monday (May 10) in its head office in Intramuros, Manila.

In a statement, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said: “Registered voters nationwide may apply for a voter’s certification from Mondays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4;30 p.m. at the Comelec’s National Central File Division (NCFD) satellite office, located at the back of Chowking in FEMI Building, Extension Cabildo Street cor A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila.”

The public is advised that application for the issuance of voter certification are by appointment only.

Likewise, the no face mask, no face shield policy  is strictly imposed within the Comelec premises to ensure the safety of the public, “even while the NCR (National Capital Region) Plus remains under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.”

Here are the steps on how to apply for a voter’s certification:

1. Set an appointment via the Facebook page of the Comelec-NCFD accessible through this link:(bit.ly/NCFDFBPage)

2. Go to bit.ly/OnlineVoterCertificationApplication and fill out the online voter certification request form. Clicking “submit” will automatically forward the completed form to the Comelec.

3. An appointment confirmation slip will be emailed by Comelec to the applicant. The applicant should print out the appointment slip.

4. Go to the Comelec-NCFD satellite office on the appointed date and time. Present the appointment slip and other documentary requirements. Proceed to payment and await release of the voter’s certification.

On the day of the appointment, the Comelec reminded the public on the following:
1. At the Comelec-NCFD satellite office, present one valid ID. Submit a photocopy of the same ID.

2. Pay the P75 fee.

3. An authorized representative bearing an authorization letter may transact on behalf of the applicant. The representative must have a valid ID and a photocopy of the same ID.

The Comelec also noted that the “voter’s certification is free of charge for senior citizens, persons with disability, members of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Cultural Communities, and solo parents.”

Voter registration in NCR Plus, other MECQ areas remain suspended — Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The voter registration and voter’s certification remain suspended in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus and other areas under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced.

In an advisory on Sunday, Comelec said the voter registration and the issuance of voter’s certification in the NCR Plus remain suspended from May 1 to 14.

The National Capital Region and nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna – collectively called NCR Plus – are under extended MECQ until May 14.

The areas of Santiago City in Isabela, Abra, and Quirino were placed under MECQ until May 31.

Comelec said voter registration and the issuance of voter’s certification will also be suspended in the same period.

“For the duration of the MECQ in NCR Plus and other areas, the Comelec Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) in Intramuros, Manila will be attending exclusively to voter registration applicants with urgent travel needs,” the poll body said.

The poll body further said that voter registration and issuance of voter’s certification in the rest of the country under general community quarantine or modified GCQ will be open from Mondays to Thursdays.

COMELEC said OFOV may be reached via its official social media account, email address, and contact numbers +639050341558 or +639518759882.


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